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Ernie Els Leads at British Open - 2002-07-20


Two-time U.S. Open champion Ernie Els of South Africa has two-stroke lead headed into the final round of the British Open after a day in which cold rain and wind wreaked havoc on the field.

Els fired a one-over-par, 72 on the Muirfield Links Course in a cold rainstorm. The South African is at five-under-par, 208 for three rounds. Denmark's Soren Hansen is in second place, two strokes back after shooting a two-over-par, 73 in his third round.

Overnight co-leader Shigeki Maruyama of Japan and Des Smyth of Ireland are among those tied for third three strokes off the lead at two-under-par, 211. Former champion Justin Leonard of the United States and Justin Rose of England fired three-under-par, 68 in the third round and are also at two-under-par.

World number-one golfer Tiger Woods of the United States had a disastrous day, shooting a 10-over-par, 81 in his third round. Woods is now 11 strokes off the lead at six-over-par, 219 headed into the final round. Woods is attempting to become the first man in history to win all four major tournaments in a single year.

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